It’s Go Time….

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Burning the candle at both ends is nothing new for me, it has been very busy. I could use more hours in the day, or better yet get my crew to New York. The little things on these cars take longer to do, then rebuilding the engines. But as they say the work must get done one way or another.

Being married is a full time job, then you add in racing, a second boss, and if you know Dina she is very persistent at times, so you add all this in with a 18 hour day the pressure gets very high. Dina takes medication for her migraines we call it Stupid Max, she will say “The thing made a noise…. you know… the thing”. It is like playing charades. Well, the Doctor just increased the dosage, which means we are going to be playing a new improved game! It is going to be a lot of fun.

It has been a long winter, lots of snow and a bit too cold for me. The boss made the decision to attend the testing at South Georgia Motorsports. Well, let me explain the fun prior to leaving for this event. Dina doesn’t get sick often, but a couple days prior of loading all the goods into the motorhome she comes down with the flu. How convenient. So, between working all day I have to run around and get the food, drinks, stickers, load the motorhome with clothes and all the goods. Oh ya, load both Pro Mods and everything needed for racing. All I can say is WOW. I got it all completed and off we went, stopped off on the side of the road in Virginia to pick up crew member Butch Brazelle.

For the most part the trip going down was nice and quiet. Dina was nice shade of Green for most of the trip, serves her right for making me do all the work. As most of people know, I have to wash the transporter before entering the track (It can not be seen with dirt on it), so we traveled an hour out of the way to get it washed when I heard a pop. Flat tire on the trailer.  Not happy, but hey we have the tools. We pull off in the grass only to realize we cannot jack up the trailer. Well, after driving 20 hours of driving,the last thing you want is a flat with no way to change it.The police show up. The officer was as helpful as he could be. I think he really was entertained by us! With having no leverage on the grass, I came up with an idea.Use the wood that closes the steps when traveling! Let’s just say the Boss was not overly excited with that idea. We change the tire like a nascar pit crew, say thank you to the Police Officer and off we go to get it washed and the chrome polished.

We were scheduled to test for four days. Besides being cold, I felt like I worked in Jiffy Lube. We had an issue with Dina’s 63 Corvette and we were covered in oil for four days. We only made one hit each, loaded up and went back to NY. It was a very depressing ride home, when all of a sudden we heard POP… Yes another flat on the side of 85 in VA, this time we couldn’t get the jack high enough to get the tire off. But Butch and myself pulled it off in the dark and off we went.

Living in NY, tolls are expensive and our Easy Pass stopped working. So to Cash lanes we go. The first bridge, George Washington Bridge the female cop looked at me with that face and said $50.00. The second bridge we pulled up to was the Throgs Neck bridge, the cop looks at the rig, shakes his head and says “$110 bucks, I can’t believe I just said that” Well that was the funniest thing we heard. He just couldn’t believe he said $110 bucks.

We attended the EOPM race at Virginia Motorsports April 5th. It was great to be back and see our extended family. We get all setup and ready to test on friday both cars,So we thought. Dina’s car, ‘the Beast’ had a fuel leak. Luckily we found it, bad news we didn’t have a spare part. Oh wait we may not have had a spare part, but we had a spare ‘Parts Car’! MY CAR.. my rockin 53 Corvette! So, we take that part off and go make a test pass. We didn’t light the world on fire but the car finally went straight thanks to Pro Chassis designs, Nick Montana and his staff. Sixty foot’s were 996 then down to a 966, with a 2.66 to the 3.30. As for me, I missed the tune up a bit but as I have been told that’s Drag Racing.

So, now its back to getting ready for the next adventure and put new tires on the trailer. Had enough of changing flats on the side of the roads. We worked hard in South Georgia and realized that the LAT Racing oil makes a great moisturizer for your skin, but I rather keep it in the car. All I can say is ” Thank you CRC”. With With the first adventure out of the way, it is time to go back to the drawing board and make some adjustments.

We want to thank our marketing partners for what they provide and how loyal they are to the DPR team. NGK, Lat Oil, We want to welcome, our newest partner CRC Industries. They have many products, from Brake Kleen to Black streak remover, yes one of my favorites.

It is going to be an exciting year for DPR, the team is making changes and coming on strong.

It’s a T-O-G Party at Dina Parise Racing!

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Changes in 2013- Kenny is back in charge of the ADRL, X-Drl is created, Mello Yellow is the new Sponsor of NHRA, Dale Earnhardt produces Dale Jr Potato Chips and the biggest news of all, Dina Parise Racing  is opened with the one and only Dina Parise and ‘ TOG’  (The Other Guy) becomes official! We are still a two car (Pro Modified ) team, but here is a perfect story for all of you. Picture it: Englishtown 2012; I walk into the restroom and a fan spots me or at least  I THOUGHT he was happy to see me. He says, ” is Dina here”, I said  “yes, she is but were not racing today.”  He says,  “great I want to see her, I’m a big fan, love her ’63 Pro Mod!”.  I said,  ” Oh, I drive the other car, the ’53 Pro Mod”. He says,  “what other car?’ True story……

Its another New Year but this year is different from any other year.We began as Parise Racing with me as owner calling the shots. Some might say different but it was true to a certain point.

Now racing under Dina Parise Racing , 2013 is a new beginning for the team and a lot of new changes are happening already. Dina Parise is one of the few females to be a team owner and driver, she has a lot of pressure now, I like to share the pain. Now she can officially call the shots, I guess when she says 1/8th mile only I really can only go 1/8th mile. For some who don’t know this story, we raced at Lebanon Valley in NHRA Division 1 Comp Eliminator. I said lets only go to 1/8th and shut it down. Dina’s went down the track before me and went to the 1/8th and did her thing. I on the other hand ran it out the back door and went a 6.03 to get the AA/PM record. Well, you could hear the fireworks going off from Dina, she was telling (our crew ) James Montana, ” he said only 1/8th mile!” When I got back to the pit I said it felt good, so I ran it out. I guess those days are over.   With Dina taking over the ship I can focus more on other things, watching cartoons, going to the beach and just relaxing. These would be all great thing to do, but do you know my wife? I have to watch cartoons at 4am with the the dog, because we get kicked out of bed at 5am.  It is  a busy day in the DPR house no sleeping or relaxing with the new boss!

Now on to the fun part, once the team found out that Dina  was the team owner, it was all over for me. As some know, I have many names some not that I can write but one is TOG (The Other Guy). One of our crew members Butch Brazille… sent me a message,”Welcome to the crew TOG”.  It is going to be a fun year for the crew.

I don’t write a lot of blogs as Dina calls us Penn& Teller, guess who is who. But I made a promise to write more often just so I can stop listening to the boss yapping. I had black velvet hair before I met Dina, now I hear from people that they  like the Salt and pepper look I’m sporting. Notice the Salt first. Being a wife and husband race team brings a lot of fun, excitement and everything else. Just ask our crew chief Dave Jordan.  We are a reality TV show every minute of the day, we don’t need a script or a monitor. What you see is what you get. So, where was I,  oh ya the writing thing.  So, I promised myself to write now that I have free time between  4am-5am.

Hurricane Sandy  has changed a lot of peoples lives,  and our life changed as well. My in-laws are living with us, that is all I have to say about that, LOL. But seriously, many people have lost everything. We attended a Holiday Party for the Students of Island Park at a school, for the kids and families. When we talked to some of the families and heard the stories of how they lost everything, homes washed away, some living in  different states and towns, it makes you realize just how important life is. Not the material things, but life.

As a New Yorker, and you have to say it correctly Nu Yawka,  we are taught that you have to push forward regardless of the weight on your shoulders or the ball and chain on your ankle. We don’t look in the rear view mirror and wonder why, we flip it up and look at the future. This is what our team is all about, for every closed door there is another opportunity to waiting to be discovered.

Hold on to your shorts as this ride is going to get wild. We look forward to the future and getting back to what we do best. Time to start Flingin’ Meatballs ………

See you at the Track

Andrew

AKA Bam Bam

AKA TOG

 

 

 

 

 

A New Year, A New Perspective

Well, we are on to a New Year  and more racing news is going to be written, new facebook peeps are going to be added and life is just going to continue.. Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start .

With a New Year most everyone have big hopes and dreams to change themselves or the world while others sit back and are happy the way life is going. For Parise and Parise, it is the end of the chapter of our book with a new book and new chapters to be written. 2011 was a year much different then we wanted, it had it ups and downs but for the most part it was just a bit tough.

A lot of American people fought to keep their homes, jobs, food on the table for their family and just trying to keep their heads above water.  We were (and are still) in a war loosing soldiers everyday.  So when to have a tough year of drag racing it really isn’t that bad after all.

For Parise Racing, Dina Parise had a crash at Maryland International Raceway this year. It seems MIR does not like 63’ Corvettes , especially Dina’s! Dina and Fifi both felt the wrath of MIR as well as Barney Squires loosing a door in Fifi’s car racing Andrew Parise.Of course none of that is a comment on the track. Royce runs a Top Notch facility!

The year was not just tough on Parise Racing but just racing in general. The North East Pro Mod had more rainouts than racing this year. Steve King crashed at Maple Grove raceway and Bruce Mullins had an accident in his newly redone ’63 Corvette. It was a tough year for a lot teams but more important we are here to give each other hell about it.  For others, they gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be missed. Of course Burt Jackson comes to mind.

At the same time, we had a lot of new happenings. Pro Mod Turbo. I know. But you have to give credit to  Brad Personett for starting us on the turbo road. New technology is always great, I am all for change. ProLine Engines, then goes out and starts making it look easy. Running 5. 8’s like a bracket car. Blower cars are turned down to 14.5, with a weight break for converter cars, oh this is after we sold all our automatic parts. So we go out and buy it all over again, then the Mike Janis rule comes out. No weight break for converter cars. More NHRA rules, carbon fiber brakes all around and automatic shut off system. Our heads were spinning as fast as the wheels!

The last big happening in 2011, Matt Hagan is the 2011 Champion in Funny car and has the 3.99 record. Remember that Funny Car Champion Matt Hagan, was once……..a Pro Mod driver!

So lets get the gossip out of the way for Parise Racing, as most of you have seen Andrew’s ’53 is for sale. Running two cars is not as easy as everybody thinks on a shoestring budget with limited crewmembers.  If we obtain the marketing partner we need then we might have two cars in 2012. As for what series well, this is still to be determined.

With the NHRA rules for 2012, we have a lot of work to do to be competitive.  The competition is very tough Danny Rowe, Mike Knowles, Jeg Coughlin, Mike Janis and our good friend Pete Farber. These teams as well as many others are just flat out fast.  But as people know we are a very competitive team that does not like to watch from the bleachers.  So time will tell where and what we will be doing.

So for Parise Racing we will start a new book with its blank pages . The Book is named Opportunity and the first Chapter is called New Year’s Day 2012. Stayed tuned for 2012 and what it brings. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy New Year from our family to yours!

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of a year.

It’s all about Motivation

Andrew ‘Bam-Bam’ Parise

Having a two car Pro Mod team has its positive and negatives. For starters, one car is always the guinea pig (usually, my car) and the other is car is to be ‘just’ the race car.  For the most part we test new products this way, but if you have been following our team you have seen that it has not worked out well for Dina’s car in most situations.  We know that two cars are not the same, don’t like the same tune up, what we came to the conclusion is Dina’s car is just a ‘Beast’ , hence the nickname.

The ‘Beast’ has been one of the hardest cars to figure out, but with determination and hard work we are getting close to working it out.  Being a driver I can only say, thank god it isn’t me in her car! Everybody says you are a good driver; you (I) make it look easy. The reason for that, is I have a car that will go down a mud road in a flood, so my driving skills look amazing. As for Dina, she has her hands full. You hear people say things like, she can’t drive, and she is green.  When you are put to test because your race car doesn’t like to go straight you are along for the ride.  I wouldn’t be able to handle a car like this nor would I want to. Trust me by this time I would have driven it off a cliff. But the determination that Dina has makes a lot of people work harder at fixing that ‘Beast’. So, the next time you have a comment to make, come on over and give it your best shot to take a ride in the ‘Beast’, it surely will change your mind.

Maintenance on two cars just means one thing, double duty. Between rounds we have to be very organized and know who is doing what task. It is very easy to get lost or forget something that will cost you the race. We not only check things twice, we triple check things. But every so often you will make a mistake as we all are human. You have to love the sport to be as crazy as we are. We always get the question, how do you maintain two cars? It is not easy, but at the same time it’s not hard. The hard part is keeping the funding coming in to maintain them. Here is where the fun is, I am very OCD with the cleanliness of the cars, truck and trailer.  I wax every part on both cars after the cars come home from a race, clean the truck and trailer prior to a race and sometime before we get to the race.  It takes me a couple days to clean one car. Most people think it is too much work or I am just crazy. It’s a bit of both but they always look new. I take pride in that.

To run two cars it takes a lot of dedication, passion, time and of course, funding. In life, people have choices to make and for us we decided to have three ‘ kids’; two Pro Mods and our dog Bella. While most are spending money on clothes, parties, college and kids’ stuff we are trying to keep our program going. At times you ask why, but at the same time you have to say why not.  We are fortunate to able to race and provide excitement (to our fans) so let’s try our hardest to keep it going, right?

In our lives we make decisions that you live with for the rest of your life. Some bad decisions and some great ones ; in that time we create memories as well. For the most part we all want to keep the great memories and leave the bad decisions behind, yet learn from them.  This year was the 21st anniversary of my Mother being gone and it doesn’t ever get easier. But the one thing that I will never forget is how she always looked at me and made me feel. Each day that goes by I remember the great memories and how I drove her nuts. A mother of three boys, me being the last and the worst but I know my mother wouldn’t have had it any other way.  I learned how far I can push the envelope ‘til you had to pay the price. My mother taught me a lot of things and one thing she taught was never quit. To this day, I remember the day she passed .She fought and fought until everyone was there so she could say goodbye.  I have learned to live with good and bad and look at things differently.

We all want to race and win, but if you go out every race and try your hardest the word losing doesn’t exist in your mind. I call it Motivation.  So the next time some asks you why you didn’t win or says, “I can’t believe you Did Not Qualify”, say “Motivation got the best of us” and watch for the response. Remember, as long as you are HERE to say that; that is all that matters.

Andrew ‘Bam-Bam’

Andrew's First Blog Post!

It is the voice that rarely speaks and I have a lot to say. Now that the 2010 season is over we got to sit back and watch some football, enjoy the holiday’s , spend time with friends that you don’t get to see during racing season and really just some enjoy some R&R. Yeah right!!! R&R in our house means “Running Rapid”. My nickname is BamBam but some people call me the energizer bunny.

Well, since we shut down in late October it’s been R&R all the way. We had to break both cars and start making our list. Dina’s car went to “The Shop” for some body and paint work. We didn’t give them the usual five days to turn it around this time. They did an amazing job as always. During this time I decided to redo the ceiling in the work shop. Well when you vertically challenged you need all the help you can get. All I can say is thank you home depot. While in between spackling the ceiling, the house chores still need to be completed. Spackle equals sanding which equals white dust all over you. Many of you know my lovely Wife Dina is a bit of a clean Nut. So, here I am using the air hose to blow myself off to get in the house. Try doing this 5 times a night in the cold.

We finished the garage in time so I can drive to pickup Dina’s car from “The Shop”. The drive is only about 5 hours door to door. I went alone which wasn’t that bad for a change. Quiet time is always good. After a full day of driving, Dina and I unloaded the car into our shop and on to the next activity. In between all of this go to work and get to the gym. We have a lot to do in a short period of time. The weather as everyone knows has been unbearable. The snow storms are just out of control and to get anything done is becoming an issue.

I am not an expert on safety in the race cars but I want everyone to remember it pays to be over safe. We as racers will buy the best blower, the best pistons anything to make us go faster but remember one thing the faster you go the safer your car has to be! I have seen my share of crashes and witnessed things I cannot share, so please check all your SFI ratings, Chassis tags, go over your chassis after each run to make sure all your bolts are tight, torque your wheels after each run, check your engine plate bolts, everything, all the time. Remember this is not your daily driver. Call Safety Solutions for a molded seat, suits, socks, gloves. Whatever it takes to be safe, buy it and wear it. One last point; After you make your pass, leave it on till you fully stop. It’s 100 degrees in the race car and the gloves are coming off, then the belts are coming off. WHY? Safety people!! Remember this, the faster you go the quicker you go you best be safe doing it or you are gone for good. Like they say, if you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen!!!

We have a lot of fun racing and doing what we really love. But it wouldn’t be possible without the men and woman that give us our freedom every day. We have lost so many throughout all the wars for our freedom. Even though we are extremely busy in our lives, with our race cars, and just being on the go all the time, take a moment and do something for someone that can’t be as fortunate as us. Think about the men and woman at war right now, do you think they are on the phone ordering new heads, going to Starbucks or ordering clothes online? No, they are just trying to stay alive. During your travels , think of picking up something for the men and woman that are fighting for us, and send it using our ‘Support for the Troops ‘program.

And please remember, hats off when the National Anthem starts. It is the respect our Veterans deserve.

Andrew Parise